Letters to the Editor August 2, 2013

Sports Hall appreciates BancorpSouth support
Everybody knows these are difficult economic times. That is especially true for nonprofits such as the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, which depends on the money we raise and generous corporate support, to keep our doors open.

A perfect example of the latter: Tupelo-based BancorpSouth serves as the title sponsor for our Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Because of the bank’s financial support, we not only are able to put on a first-class banquet for our deserving inductees, but also ensure that Mississippi’s incredible sports legends live forever in our museum. We lost two Hall-of-Famers this week – George “Boomer” Scott and Bobby Crespino – but their achievements will be on display at our museum for this and future generations.

We are grateful for BancorpSouth’s generous support and that of other Mississippi-based corporations – not only to our museum, but also to other nonprofits.

Rick Cleveland
Executive Director
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Pursue the quiet zones on rails through Tupelo
After living in Birmingham many years and retirement in 2011, I researched smaller cities for quality-of-life, economic development and a first rate medical community. Tupelo met all three criteria.

My wife and I moved to Tupelo and have lived here almost two years. We have very much enjoyed being a part of this All-America City.

There is one concern we think is no small issue: trains. It is appalling and outrageous that train horns at extremely high-decibel levels are allowed to blow day and night in close proximity to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, neighborhoods and businesses. There are also frequent traffic back-ups. This nuisance affects the health and welfare of the elderly and others, decreases quality of life, discourages new business and economic development, and deprives the use and enjoyment of personal property.

The mayor and City Council can remedy this situation. This is not a new concept and has been successfully implemented in other cities. I urge the city leaders to make this a priority. To sign a petition please reply with name, address and phone number to Charles Waldrop, P.O. Box 3623, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Charles Waldrop

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    I have lived in Tupelo all my life. The train tracks that cut through our city were here when I got here. They were here in 1936 when the tornado blew through and took some 200 Tupelo lives with it. The tracks were here when Tupelo was originally developed. They were an essential component of Tupelo’s future economic growth.

    I lived in one apartment building on the Corner of Blair and Rankin Blvd. that was so close to the RR tracks I could stand on the porch and have the trains mail clerk hand me my mail as the train passed by. (Not literally just as a joke.) But, honestly, can you imagine how that building shook when a huge freight train rolled through Tupelo at night?

    The train, though still noisy now, is an improvement over how it was in the beginning. Much of the train traffic has decreased because of spur traffic that has been abandoned over the years.

    It seems to me that now is the time to consider re-routing the tracks around the city. That, however, won’t totally eliminate the horn blasting away. The horn noise is law. It protects the driver who sometimes ventures onto the rails for any number of reasons. Sane or insane.

    The cost to eliminate train noises, traffic jams, etc. will be terrific. Can you imagine re-locating thousands of feet of rail and structures? At any rate, something of this nature would have to be done as I see it. Meantime, take some consolation in the fact that there have been some improvements.